Calling all midcentury modern preservationists and those on the house hunt: There is a midcentury home for sale in South Carolina that needs you!

Homeowner Claudia Rainey recently contacted me with a surprising problem—she and her husband have their stunning Sumter, South Carolina midcentury home on the market but have been without luck in their attempt to sell.

“Unfortunately, this town just isn’t a place where mcm architecture is appreciated,” she wrote in her email. Sadly, the few people who have come to their open houses have been more curious than serious home buyers.

This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired midcentury home is set on top of a hill on a corner lot. Featuring a custom front door that’s perfectly period suited and an incredible number of windows—this midcentury home brings the outdoors in and offers plenty of natural light.

The facts:
Asking $247,900
4 beds
2 baths
2,594 square feet
Built in 1959


Brimming with original details, this home's legacy is not yet over.
Brimming with original details, this home’s legacy is not yet over.

Aside from offering copious amounts of space and having some heavy-lifting updates taken care of the home is simply stunning. With original features such as reeded glass partitions, clerestory windows and an open fireplace nestled in the heart of the home. Have I mentioned the pink tile bathroom? It’s incredible. 

The kitchen alone is a preservationist’s dream. The Frigidaire double ovens and flip down electric stove are in working condition.

“We have put a lot of money into the house—a brand new TPO flat membrane roof, and a new HVAC system for starters,” Claudia writes. The home also has a brand new roof (which is covered by 10-year warranty), and the new Trane HVAC system has a built in dehumidifier and wi-fi control—which means this midcentury home is ready for “smart” home integration.

Aside from all of the original features, this midcentury home seems to be set in an excellent location. The Zillow listing notes that multiple gardens, parks, art galleries and even Historic Downton Sumter are within walking distance.

“It’s rare to find houses like this in towns like Sumter,” she writes. “I think this house would be perfect for someone who loves the style or would like to relocate from a colder climate where these houses are a lot more expensive. Sumter has mild winters and a lower cost of living than a lot of those other places.”

Claudia and her husband want the next owner of this incredible midcentury home to cherish and preserve it so that it can be restored to its full original glory.

Check out the full listing and even more images, click here.

So, who’s moving to Sumter?